Dean Rosenwald

Founder and Director

Dean has been training martial arts for over 15 years and began training Muay Thai in 2009. Dean’s fight career began as college ended, then picked up again after graduate school. In 2015 Dean traveled to Thailand for the first time and competed against an experienced Thai Gulabpet. Dean has since fought over a dozen more times throughout the United States. In 2022, Dean traveled to Chaing Mai, Thailand, where he competed three times in two months at the famous Thaphae Stadium. Dean was victorious in his first two bouts, and lost the last one by decision against the stadium champion.

In addition to Muay Thai, Dean began studying the Khmer martial art Bokator while visitng in Cambodia. He has since returned to train Bokator directly under Grandmaster San Kim Sean and his son Reach Nokor.

Lance Dixon

Head Coach

Lance is a professional fighter training under Kru David Huerta throughout his entire fighting career. During his amateur career, Lance proved himself as a skilled Muay Thai athlete winning his first tournament and earning multiple titles since he began fighting in 2012. In 2018 Lance turned pro and has been sharing his knowledge and particular striking style at Santa Monica Striking for 6 years.

  • IAMTF United States Welterweight Champion
  • IAMTF California Welterweight Champion
  • IKF So Cal Super Welterweight Champion
  • IFS Super Welterweight Champion
  • Tournament to Bangkok Middleweight Champion

Norberto “Pollo” Miranda

Coach Pollo was born in Mexico City, and has made LA his home for the past 23 years. He began training Muay Thai about 10 years ago, and took his first fight in 2012. He continued training consistently despite sustaining an injury to his hand that halted his ability to compete. Since recovering, Pollo has jumped back into the fight scene competing regularly in the local LA Muay Thai scene. Pollo’s heart and commitment to providing quality instruction and a fun environment for all who attend his classes stands out among other instructors in the city.

James Rusler


James Rusler is Santa Monica Born and raised he has been an active fighter since 2021, and began competing at 16. Due to his experience, he was able to compete as an adult without headgear at 17 years old. He is currently in training and ready for competition in the Los Angeles area as well as national tournaments. James started martial arts with Santa Monica Striking and now comfortably runs his own class 4 times a week as well as private lessons.

Chris Heihn


Chris has been training Muay Thai under Coaches Dean and Lance for over 4 years, Chris is also an experienced and accomplished grappler. He has competed in Muay Thai multiple times and is looking to continue. He has a natural ability to explain techniques and ideas in a way that anyone can understand. Chris is also an experienced Biohacker with endless knowledge of ways to improve certain habits!

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